Rusty the Scoob wrote:Mick wrote: This is the same structure used in "Fire on the Mountain", which is a song written in the key of B, but using rhythm chords of B major and A major, causing non-stop arguments by some Deadheads who will swear the song is written in E.
Those are people who can't see past the limited world of Bach and Mozart that they were taught in beginning theory classes, and believe a key signature can only be a major or minor scale.
I guess that is me...
The way I look at a good chunk of Dead tunes is that they are mixo based and start on the V. Fire On The Mtn is no exception. I think Mick is referring to an old argument he and I had a few years ago!
To me the fact that FOTM does not fully want to resolve on the E is a device to give it a mysterious ambiguous feel.
The argument is blurred furthur by Jerry because he constantly plays a bebop scale which melds the mixolydian and Ionian scale together.
The point of modes is to set up your phrasing within a given key to give you a different feel.
Rider, being D C G, is the key of G but is also mixo based, and actually changes keys on the chorus.
I dont have the energy or desire to argue keys, and modes, though... Just had to chime in.
As far as what a key is, Stewie actually does explain it very nicely. The W W H W W W H in a major key is a set of intervals designed to create tension the further away you get from your root and resolution back to your root note.